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ERIC Number: EJ1322017
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2021-Jan
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2353-5415
The Transformative Power of Education as a Means of Enabling Former Offenders to Live Meaningful and Productive Lives
O'Connor, Colin
International Journal for Transformative Research, v8 n1 p33-44 Jan 2021
Kaur (2012) raises the question, how can education be more inclusive and representative when catering to diverse groups and students? Does our entitlement to human kindness cease once incarcerated, and are we to be forever banished to the outskirts of society? The majority of offender education research assesses success or failure through mechanistic, objective and calculated criteria. Statistically, offenders repeatedly underachieve in primary and secondary education; offenders who partake in some form of adult and post-release learning continue this pattern, and face other non-learning barriers that impact on participation and accreditation outcomes (Prison Education Trust, 2018). Departing from conventional modes and methods of teaching, this article examines the transformative journeys of former offenders, and considers the role of education in supporting them to lead more productive and meaningful lives.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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